Appalachian Counterpoint

From Wind Repertory Project
David Gillingham

David Gillingham

Subtitle: For Flexible Wind Band with Adaptable Parts

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Tuba-euphonium quartet
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 for each instrument

Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Appalachian Counterpoint was commissioned by the University of Kentucky Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, comprised of Edward Carter, Daniel Cox, Connor Moore, and Chase Teachy. The work is based on a traditional Appalachian folk song, All the Pretty Little Horses, originally set as a lovely lilting lullaby. There is, however, very little feeling of “lullaby” in this work as it is transformed into an Appalachian fiddling tune.

As the title of the work implies, the folk song is subjected to various contrapuntal treatment as well as different harmonic, rhythmic, and metric guises. A slow and sonorous interlude separates the two fast sections of the pieces and a rousing coda bring the work to an exciting conclusion.

- Program Note from publisher

Performance Notes

Each part is transposed and playable by any wind or keyboard percussion instrument in the ensemble. Recommended part assignments are included, but directors may “mix and match” as they see fit.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Modesto (Calif.) Junior College Symphonic Band (Erik Maki, conductor) - 29 November 2021
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band 1 (Robert Truan, conductor) - 24 February 2021
  • University of Central Arkansas (Conway) Symphonic Band (Brantley Douglas, conductor) - 17 November 2020

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